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Santa presents Dahlia Kerr with a gift at the P2B Christmas Fayre.

Cake, stalls, and a star turn from Santa helped raise the fun and the funds at the Parkend to Braighe (P2B) Community Association Christmas Fayre on Saturday November 25.

With a jolly Father Christmas rolling to his grotto upon his fire engine, home baking 'selling like hot cakes', and face painting, games and a raffle supplementing the stalls, children and adults alike found items of interest at the Sandwick Hall event.

Naturally, it was Santa who grabbed much of the attention, joining his elves to pose for photographs with children who each received a gift.

Santa's use of a fire engine allowed him to arrive in a hurry.

However, in the main hall those selling their lovingly crafted produce were also having a grand day out. Melinda Whitington of Hebridean Charcuterie said: "As ever we love coming to the Sandwick Craft Fair because it is very community orientated and we always get a warm welcome."

Newcomer Amy MacAulay, of FM by Amy, found her first time manning a stand allowed her to connect with potential customers.

"I would say it is particularly important to put your face out there for people to see. I have done social media, but things like this are great for people to see you, to get more of a chat," she said.

Face painters take some time off to add a little extra decoration.

With one corner of the room set aside for chatting over tea and snacks, the community aspect of the fair was evident. That need for bonding was summed up by Rebekah Shaw, speaking to customers at the My Wax Worx table.

"I have been doing them (fairs) since the year before Covid. They are good for communities, especially the halls - the halls are making a little money and if the stallholders can travel around then people do not need to travel.

"Plus there are more and more home crafters. It helps small business communities. It is nice," she added.

Money raised from the fayre's table fees and baking will go to the P2B committee to be used for activities such as its Wednesday warm hub and outings.